Preregistration for Spring 2015
Dear Honors Students,
We are entering the advising/preregistration period for Spring 2015! Click here for general information from the Registrar.
Here are some reminders and general instructions about registering for honors courses:
-The list of Spring 2015 Honors courses is now available on the honors blog. (look on the right-hard side). Please check back for updates as the list is subject to change. You can also check for honors sections on WebAdvisor. We recommend “double dipping” when possible; in other words, choosing honors courses that also fulfill a major, minor, or LASC requirement.
-We are offering three fantastic all-honors courses: Personal Health and Wellness; Introduction to Philosophy; and Statistics. See below for course descriptions.
-Please be sure to make an appointment with your major advisor; your major advisor will be the one to sign your registration form. If needed, the honors directors (Dr. Weierman and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier) are also available to consult with you about honors requirements by appointment (sign up using Starfish); please note that an honors appointment is not required. Once you have an advisor’s signature, please bring your form to the department secretary, who will release your PIN so that you will be able to register during your allotted time.
-Please note that Dr. Weierman can serve as the major advisor for honors English majors, and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier can serve as the major advisor for honors Biology majors. Both professors can also advise any undeclared honors students.
-It’s important that you register for your honors courses during major/minor registration week. This is a huge advantage for honors students! We will be watching the reserved honors seats closely and will “release” many unclaimed honors seats to the rest of the student body during general registration week.
-Please let us know if you are interested in an honors section that has closed: register for a regular seat in the course, and I will ask the professor if we might “convert” it to honors (this is at the instructor’s discretion).
-Remember that any world language course can be an honors course: simply register for the regular section, ask the professor, and then send us your request with all the course information and your ID number.
And, as always, please remember that we are here to help!
Dr. Weierman and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier
HONORS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
PH 100-H1: Introduction to Philosophy (HBS, TLC)
Dr. José Jorge Mendoza
Why was this Socrates guy so important? How do we know our beliefs are true? How do we know the world as we experience it is real? Are some things always morally wrong or is everything relative? And what on earth is the “mind-body” problem? These questions (and many more) will be the subject of this course, which is designed as a broad introductory survey to some of the principal authors, ideas, concepts, and problems found in the Western philosophical tradition. In dealing with these questions, this course will cover a whole host of theories of knowledge (i.e., epistemology), reality (i.e., metaphysics), morality, and politics. By the end of course, the hope is that students will not only be acquainted with the philosophical discipline, but will also have begun to think, read, and write in a philosophical manner.
MA 150-H1: Statistics (QR)
Dr. Mary Fowler
This course is an introductory course in descriptive statistics, elementary probability and inferential statistics. Focus will be placed on making a shift from mathematical thinking, the logic of certainty, to probabilistic thinking, the logic of uncertainty. As we move through the standard topics, curiosity and exploration will be fostered as we address the challenge of thinking statistically. Often the shift from the logic of certainty (mathematical logic) to the logic of uncertainty (statistical logic) can be a challenging journey. The goal will be to encourage students to relax and learn with an open mind. Students will be given the opportunity to explore data in their fields of interest and extend their knowledge with an independent learning project.
HE 100-H1: Understanding Personal Health and Wellness (ICW)
Professor Lynn Barrette
Why are we healthy? Why aren’t we healthy? In this class, we will explore these questions through the examination of all dimensions of wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical. The seminar class will include student-facilitated discussions on a variety of influences. Students will be challenged to think critically about how health habits are formed, and how familial, community, and social influences affect behaviors which directly impact one’s quality of life.
Seeking an honors event? Check out one of the many events during the Sustainability Fair (10/22) and Food Day (10/23).
For a full schedule of events, go to
Looking for volunteer opportunities?
Want to get involved with the community?
Don’t miss the meeting for the sub-committee on civic engagement and community service today! The meeting will be held in the Honors Lounge (LRC 216). Light refreshments will be served.
Hope to see you there!
Dear Honors students and Advisory Board members:
You are cordially invited to the Honors President’s Dinner and Theatre Night on Friday, November 14th, 2014.
6:30 p.m.: Join President Maloney for a catered dinner in the Foster Room, Student Center.
8:00 p.m.: Worcester State Theatre presents Our Town in the Sullivan Auditorium
Suggested dress: business casual or theatre chic
We are President Maloney’s guests for the evening and can accommodate the first 25 people from WSU who respond (we will also maintain an active waitlist). This year we will also be welcoming prospective honors students from QCC and the Worcester Public Schools to this popular Honors tradition.
RSVP by 11/1 using the online RSVP form. Please e-mail Mary Flibbert (email@example.com) regarding any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Join us Thursday, October 16th at 1pm : May Street Building
Dolores Huerta is the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Her lifelong journey has been working as a community organizer and social justice activist for over 50 years. She is a two time United States Presidential Award Recipient and has received the Medal of Freedom Award from President Obama in 2012 and the Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998.
Huerta has played a major role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Most notably, she co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Cesar Chavez advocating for farm workers in this country. She is a founding board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Huerta is the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Co-sponsored by Third World Alliance, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Amnesty International, The Dennis Brutus/Merrill Goldwyn Center for the Study of Human Rights, History Department, Philosophy Department, World Languages, Office of Diversity/Affirmative Action & Compliance, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development, Communications Department, Theme Semester, Honors Program, Women Studies, Residence Life, School of Education, Health & Natural Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Conference & Event Services.
We are happy to announce that Emily Doucette and Jaclyn Becote have been elected as student representatives to the Honors Advisory Board. Congratulations!
Interested in proposing a Commonwealth Honors Project ?
Planning to present your work at the Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass-Amherst or the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity on campus?
Seeking funding for your research or travels?
Please join Dr. Weierman (English) and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier (Biology) for a workshop about the application process. Learn how to write a proposal that demonstrates the competence and significance of your work. Honors students from all years are welcome.
Thursday, October 9th
Honors Lounge, L216
Refreshments will be served.
Be sure to use the online RSVP form in order to earn honors event credit.
Thanks to the 32 Honors students who joined Dr. Haller, Dr. Weierman, and Honors Assistant Mary Flibbert at Tougas Farm today. We were especially glad to welcome the students from the “Food Fight” Learning Community and the Honors House residents from Wasylean Hall. This trip will be back next fall by popular demand!